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Creatures of the Night at SLDL

Creatures of the Night at SLDL

SPRING LAKE, MI--Learn more about the animals that come out after the sun goes down. Binder Park Zoo will visit Spring Lake District Library on Tuesday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. with a number of live nocturnal animals. The Creatures of the Night program will be an opportunity to see animals that normally wake up only after we have gone to bed. There will be creepy, crawly animals to learn about, as well as more cuddly critters.

Children of all ages are invited to get an up-close look at these creatures during this free program which is sponsored by the Friends of Spring Lake District Library. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please contact the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Planetarium instructor to present library summer reading programs June 18

Planetarium instructor to present library summer reading programs June 18

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit and Spring Lake District Libraries will host, Whites Pines Middle School planetarium instructor George Jaeger on June 18 as he presents, “Stars Above,” a programs about our solar system and star watching. 

Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, will host the first program at 10:00 a.m. It will be repeated at Spring Lake District Library, 123 Exchange Street, Spring Lake, at 2:00 p.m.

Kids will see what the night sky and a star chart look like. Jaeger will bring several telescopes and binoculars and show kids how to use them to look at stars.

This event is part of the libraries’ Summer Reading Club theme “Dream Big-Read@Your Library.” This event is a collaborative effort of Loutit and Spring Lake District Libraries and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.

First Reformed Church of Grand Haven Generates Over $25,000 to Help Faith in Action International

First Reformed Church of Grand Haven Generates Over $25,000 to Help Faith in Action International

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., June 9, 2012 ― When members of First Reformed Church (FRC) in Grand Haven were recently asked to contribute a day’s worth of their salaries toward the “One Day of Sharing Campaign,” these funds―combined with other church donations―will support the construction of a missionary home for Faith in Action International (FIAI), with over $25,000 to be contributed.

“This is the second year that FRC has done a ‘One Day’ offering. We have chosen to do this as a way to respond to the great disparity that exists between our lives and those of the world's poorest,” said John Kenny, senior pastor with First Reformed Church.

Preschool Storytime Returns for Summer Fun

Preschool Storytime Returns for Summer Fun

Spring Lake, MI-Preschool Storytime is back for the summer at Spring Lake District Library. Sing silly songs, share wonderful stories, create one of a kind artwork, and make new friends.  Storytime is recommended for children ages 3-6 years old. Topics, activities, and books are chosen with special attention to the interests of this age group. During the summer months, weekly storytimes are Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Themes will reflect Spring Lake District Library’s summer reading theme: Dream Big – Read!  Here is the Preschool Storytime schedule for June:

June 14, 15      Wish Upon a Star – Enjoy stories and songs about the night sky and wishes.          

June 21, 22      Goodnight! – Join us for some silly stories about bedtime.

New Book Proves People Should Not Be Written Off While Aging

New Book Proves People Should Not Be Written Off While Aging

SPRING LAKE, Mich., June 4, 2012 - For centuries, people have been writing and debating about whether a person should be “put out to pasture” when they reach “a certain age.”  Regardless of whether that reflects an ageist mentality or not, a new book proves that people should embrace life’s journey—no matter at what age.  Three local grandmothers share their views about discovering life’s purpose and how to embrace one’s plan for life along the journey.

Summertime Fun for Kids at Spring Lake District Library

Summertime Fun for Kids at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI--Children and teens are invited to join the 2012 summer reading club at Spring Lake District Library that begins on June 11. Boys and girls can sign up for the Dream Big, Read! reading club to earn prizes for the books they read and attend a variety of free, fun, and entertaining programs. Spring Lake District Library cardholders may sign up early, from June 4 through June 9, for the reading club or programs requiring pre-registration. Bring your library card to the Youth Services desk and sign up in person.

Teens are also invited to read and earn great prizes. Teen’Scape events are planned just for them, and are a great way to get together with friends for fun and refreshments during the summer months.

Parents encouraged to read a chapter-a-day in new Zondervan book

Parents encouraged to read a chapter-a-day in new Zondervan book

SPRING LAKE, Mich., May 22, 2012—A new book just published is inviting parents to read a chapter-a-day, during a thirty-day “faith adventure,” to uncover what God’s Words have to say about parenting.  Area church leaders weigh in, giving their best advice on what steps a parent can take to model good behavior to their children.

The book—Love-Powered Parenting:  Loving Your Kids the Way Jesus Loves You is by Tom and Chaundel  Holladay, and it features a foreword by acclaimed authors Rick and Kay Warren.  The book provides six parenting principles to offer guidance for parents of any age, including:  the power of… your priorities, your love, your words, your discipline and compassion, your serving, and your unselfishness.

How does one offer love-powered parenting, while at the same time serving as a role model for kids?  The experts advise adapting to ever-changing circumstances as children age.